Table of Contents HEM January-February 1998
Pledging Allegiance - by AJ Schmidt
For me the Pledge of Allegiance has become more than abstractly pledging loyalty to the U.S. ItŐs also affirming my allegiance to my kids and to providing them with the best possible education,
Hanson: A Rock Group of Homeschoolers - by Robert Fischer
Perhaps the best known homeschoolers (at least to teenagers) on the planet today are the rock group Hanson, three blond haired brothers: Ike (16), Taylor (14), and Zac (12).
Getting it Down: Ways to Encourage Reluctant Writers - by Sue Smith Heavenrich
Beyond storytelling, writing is a valuable skill - for taking notes, organizing thoughts, communicating ideas. So how do we get our reluctant writers to write?
Families Learning Together: A Year Abroad - by Lantien Chu
Do you ever dream about taking a year off and moving abroad with your family? To Tahiti? Or Paris? Or Istanbul? Homeschooling families are often the best positioned to take a temporary break from their familiar environments and patterns, because of not being tied into school year schedules.
"But We Have Such GOOOOD Schools!" - by Charlotte C Monte
Charlotte Monte writes, "I have begun to recognize that there seem to exist pockets of attitudes within our state, and certainly throughout our nation, where families will be welcomed or confronted with their decision to homeschool."
My Daughter has Special Powers - by Martine Palmiter
Lantine Palmiter gave his daughter special powers when she tried school.
Interview with Sandra Dodd - by Emily Subler
Sandra Dodd's innovative ideas for learning are just plain fun, and her passionate belief in unschooling articulates a philosophy of life.
From Boring To Board Games ... Math Really Can Be Fun! - by Elise Griffith
Arithmetic, computation or mathematics ... no matter what it's called often adds up in a child's mind as plain old boring. It's not that the subject of mathematics is boring in and of itself, it's that worksheets, word problems, multiplication tables and textbooks ignite little (if any) excitement. A better way to learn about math includes the rolling of dice!
Nighttime Curfews Or You Wanna Do What to my Kid? - by Mary McCarthy
Last July 10, my local weekly newspaper carried a front page article about the efforts of the local PTA and police to institute a curfew on the those under 18 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Did I read that right? My child would need to notify the police department if he was going to be out of his own home after 10 p.m.?
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Homeschooling Organization's Lawsuit Threatens Homeschooling Freedoms
A national homeschooling organization recently initiated a damaging and ill-conceived federal lawsuit. On August 20, 1997, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal Gun Free School Zones Act. The lawsuit is unnecessary and seriously threatens our homeschooling freedoms.
News Watch - by Linda Dobson
Sports, Perez v. Reno, Homeschooling Debate
Linda reviews homeschooling news, homeschoolers in the news.
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
The Mozart Effect
Becky fills us in on how to tape into mind boosting power of the The Mozart Effect. Plus reviews more homeschooling resources.
Homeschooling Dad - by Jeff Kelety
Notes From a Homeschooling Dad
In Jeff's first column for HEM explores how homeschooling is a natrual fit in helping your kid have the experience of being a capable person.
So Many Books - by Joan Torkildson
Joan Trokildson reviews books for your homeschool.
Homeschooling Online - by Helen Hegener
Helen reviews resources, newsletters, emails lists and other online resources for homeschooling.